b. 25/03/1837 Washington Valley, New Jersey. d. 28/11/1913 Elizabeth, New Jersey.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 06/05/1864 Port Walthall Junction, Virginia.
Drake was born in the Washington Valley in New Jersey on 25 March 1837. He joined the 9th New Jersey Infantry in July 1861. After the war, he served in the New Jersey National Guard, rising to the rank of Colonel. He also worked as a newspaper publisher and author in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
Commanded the skirmish line in the advance and held his position all day and during the night.
BURIAL LOCATION: EVERGREEN CEMETERY, HILLSIDE, NEW JERSEY.
Section G, Lot 81